Santa Fe Trail
NEW MEXICO is an explorer's dream ... ancient ruins, heritage trails, historical sites, petroglyphs, cliff dwellings, cave dwellings, & other Indiana Jones fare ... first settled more than 13,000 yrs ago... developed vibrant Pueblo, Navajo, & other native cultures ... first visited by Europeans in the 1500s searching for the legendary "Seven Cities of Gold" ... capital of Santa Fe is more than 400 years old ... (pictured: remains of old Pueblo Bonita in Chaco Canyon).
Several family members died here, and paranormal sightings such as apparitions, orbs and floating lights have been reported.The Sauer Castle was the residence of Anton Sauer. Sauer had married his wife Francesca in Vienna, Austria at age 18 and a half. There, they had their five children: Gustave O.L., Anthony Philip Jr., Julius J., Emil, and Johanna.In 1858 they decided to move to New York City to be with Anton's mother and sisters that had already been there for some time. Due to his worsening case of tuberculosis and Francesca's death in 1868, he decided to move his family to Kansas City.After his business became successful, he began courting a young 28 year old widow, Mary (Maria) Einhellig Messerschmidt, who had two daughters of her own: Anna and Maria. After marrying in 1869 they had five daughters (four survived to maturity): Eva Marie, Antoinette, Josephine (sometimes listed as Fosefa), and Clara. Daughter Helen (sometimes listed as Frances) died in infancy age 14 months.By 1872 the mansion was finally fully furnished, sitting on the Shawnee Indian trail that was part of the old Santa Fe Trail that many wagons passed.After Anton's death on August 16, 1879 in the second floor master bedroom, Mary and the children continued living in the house, as did the children continue living there after Mary's death in 1919.Five generations of the Sauer family continued living in the mansion until the owner of a home heating oil company, Paul Berry, bought the house after Eve's death. He lived in the mansion until his own death in December 1986. Because of ghost stories originating in 1930, the house was constantly trespassed and vandalized, which Barry and his dog fought off themselves.NOTE: This is private property. Please respect and admire from the road.
De Vargas Street House, located at 215 East De Vargas Street on the eastern side of Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, New Mexico within the Barrio De Analco Historic District, is one of the Oldest buildings in America. The Oldest House rests on part of the foundation of an ancient Indian Pueblo dating from around 1200 AD. Up until the 1920′s the Oldest House was continually occupied by people representing all the cultures of Santa Fe.
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Missouri to New Mexico - Fort Osage, Missouri, atop the bluffs of the Missouri River. The trail passed north of Marshall, through Lexington to Fort Osage, then to Independence. Independence was also one of the historic "jumping off points" for the Oregon and California Trails.
Jicarilla War (photo: Kit Carson 1854)-- The Jicarilla War began in 1849 and was fought between the Jicarilla Apaches and the United States military in New Mexico. Ute warriors also played a significant role in the conflict as they were allied with the Jicarillas. The war started when the Apaches and Utes began raiding against settlers on the Santa Fe Trail. Eventually, in 1853, the American army retaliated which resulted in a series of battles and campaigns that ended in 1854 when a large military expedition managed to quell most of the violence. However, some minor skirmishing contiuned into 1855--WIKI